Dear Editor (Queens Chronicle):
I read with interest the July 16 letter by Benjamin Haber of Flushing concerning the possibility of using eminent domain at Willets Point. I agree with Mr. Haber that our mayor does have a great affinity for “fat-cat real estate moguls” and is indifferent to the poor, middle class and small businesses.This is true in all the boroughs.But Mr. Bloomberg is not necessarily beholden to special interests because these are his beliefs and vision, and his mayoral campaign is self-funded.
However, what many people do not realize is that if elected, Bill Thompson will, without a doubt, be beholden to the same fat-cat real estate moguls with whom Mr. Bloomberg has such a great affinity. Mr. Thompson has already accepted a lot of money from the big names in real estate — the Rudins and Milsteins, to name just two. All one has to do is look at the public records online of the Campaign Finance Board. Numbers do not lie, and it appears that Mr. Thompson is very much for sale. Because of this, there will be no change under Mr. Thompson — he and Bloomberg are essentially twins separated at birth.
I am excited at the mayoral candidacy of Tony Avella because he has spoken out about Willets Point and eminent domain and is against irresponsible development. He accepts no money from these moguls who own the city. He is his own man. He will represent all of us.
Think of what a mayoralty would be like under Avella — regulation of the real estate industry and standing up to big greedy developers — making New York City a model of responsible community planning.
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